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A record number of UK beaches - 317 - were commended in last week's Seaside Awards. Four of the newly honoured beaches are from Torbay's English Riviera.

Capacity on London Underground's Piccadilly Line will be cut during peak hour in a bid to reduce delays.

Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, Stephen Byers' plans to levy a tax on developers which benefit from increased land value after construction of new transport infrastructure, is seen as a stealth tax on development, business leaders and developers claimed last week.

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